Hmm, something very interesting could be happening here… so why not some wild speculation. Let’s assume the following quote is true:
“Word among the legal community is that an out of court settlement could be imminent and that it will massively dwarf the $26.5 million paid to the Fab Four’s company in 1991 in a row over trademark use.
One lawyer told Daily Variety, “People are expecting this to be the biggest settlement anywhere in legal history, outside of a class action suit. The numbers could be mind boggling.”
If that is in fact the case, I’m betting that Apple is buying Apple Corps, including exclusive world-wide ownership of the Beatle’s library. This would a) settle, once and for all, the bickering between the two companies, and b) give iTunes coveted content that could differentiate iPod/iTunes, and conceivably give Apple some leverage in future content licensing agreements with other music IP holders…
Can you Imagine (sorry, couldn’t resist): “The Beatles. Only on iPod and only at iTunes.”
Hey, it could happen…